Guangdong: A sinkhole completely swallows 4 cars

On July 7, a sinkhole appeared on a roadside riverbank in Guangzhou, Guangdong. The viral video showed that the whirlwind had very violent swirling water. The reason for its appearance has not yet been determined.

Sinkholes often go unnoticed until the underground space becomes so large that a sudden collapse of the land surface can occur. Authorities pushed vehicles into the sinkhole in an attempt to fill it up.

First, a car was put down to probe the depths but was swallowed up. Then, they used a crane to push a large truck loaded with dirt and rocks. The sinkhole had gradually swallowed the car, but it was still boiling like it was hungry. After that, they pushed down another large truck full of stones and a tank truck. 

According to the “science for a changing world” website, new sinkholes have been related to land-use practices, especially groundwater pumping and construction and development practices. Sinkholes can also form when natural water-drainage patterns are changed, and new water-diversion systems are developed. Some sinkholes form when the land surface changes, such as when industrial and runoff-storage ponds are created. The substantial weight of the new material can trigger an underground collapse of supporting material, thus causing a sinkhole.

Liaoning: With no medical protective gear, staff collect samples to test for Covid

China is still trying to control the epidemic to reach the goal of Zero Covid. 

According to Chinese health officials, nucleic acid tests have been the optimal solution. It can help authorities control and eliminate new outbreaks. Negative test results are required for trans-regional travel. 

A video shared on Twitter shows that a nucleic acid testing station has been set up on the road in Dandong, Liaoning province. Residents pointed out that the staff collecting samples did not wear protective gear; the samples were placed on chairs.

The netizen who shared the video felt this place was not eligible for sampling, so he expressed his opinion. He asked which hospital unit these people belonged to because they didn’t look like medical staff. However, the police stopped him and didn’t allow further filming.

A landslide occurred in Maoming, a man was buried

From July 6 until the morning of July 7, heavy rainfall occurred in Maoming, resulting in severe water accumulation on some roads. Precipitations amounted to nearly 100 mm (3.9 inches) in some parts of the city. 

Due to the influence of heavy rainfall, a passing motorcycle driver was caught in a landslide at the high-speed exit of Maoming, Guangdong, on July 7. Everyone is making efforts to dig out the rock layer to pull out the buried man.

More than 20 people trapped in a torrent flowing in Chongqing

In Qijiang, Chongqing, a sudden heavy rain caused the river to rise and rush flood water on July 7. The torrent rushed violently. More than 20 people were trapped in a famous hot pot in the middle of the mountain. The usual path leading to the hot pot restaurant was submerged by flood water. The rescue team can only follow the road behind the falls to get the people out. People cross the road as if they were walking in a typhoon. In the end, they got out safely. (video)

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